6. Pros and cons of coding

Advantages of coding Disadvantages of coding
Data entry can be faster Coarsening of data
Data entry can be more accurate Meaning of data can be obscured
Validation can further improve accuracy Value judgements are difficult to code
Less storage space required If people don't know the code it can slow down data entry
Faster searching for data If codes are complicated they might be entered incorrectly
Coded data can be more secure if people don't know what it means Might run out of code combinations